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Writing Wendl - attrition...

Status report on the current novel project, Wendl the Fallen : At around 60,000 words, I've killed off a couple of characters, which is usually an early sign that the story is finding me. The target is a rough draft of about 100,000 words in twelve chapters, which will trim down in re-write and editing to something like 70,000 words in ten chapters. I've never written a novel this dark before - or this funny. To be honest, I'm not at all sure I'll ever be able to finish it. Meanwhile, The Winged Child will be out in February. That is my best one so far.   Henry's books . If you would like to deliver Drovers Gap blog directly to your email inbox, click here .  

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Having read Helen Forbes’ previous novels, In the Shadow of the Hill and Madness Lies, I ordered her Unravelling, thinking it might be another tight-knit procedural with Sergeant Joe Galbraith.

About the only thing this new novel has in common with the other two is a deranged villain. Kate Sharp is a health worker in a care facility, trying to get on with her life. While she is figuring out how to go about it, we discover the real protagonist is her mother, Ellen, who died under mysterious circumstances in a psychiatric hospital when Kate was a small child. While Kate tries to uncover the events that led to her mother’s death, it is Ellen herself who posthumously reveals the mystery.

Not just a crime novel, Unravelling explores the secrets that can bind our lives and limit our hopes, the institutional power structures that allow people in authority, wittingly or unwittingly, to manipulate the vulnerable, and the transcendent capacity of love to transform lives we never see.


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